Hamdard (Wakf) Laboratories

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Hamdard Laboratories (India)
Non-profit
Industry Healthcare, Food
Founded 1906
Key people
Hakeem Abdul Hameed
Products Rooh Afza, Safi, Roghan Badam Shirin, Sualin, Joshina, Cinkara
Website www.hamdard.com

Hamdard Laboratories (India), is an Unani and Ayurvedic pharmaceutical company in India (following the independence of India from Britain, "Hamdard" Unani branches were established in Bangladesh & Pakistan). It was established in 1906 by Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed in Delhi, and became a waqf (non-profitable trust) in 1948. Some of its most famous products include Sharbat RoohAfza, Safi, Roghan Badam Shirin, Sualin, Joshina and Cinkara. It is associated with Hamdard Foundation, India, a charitable educational trust.

Hamdard Laboratories was founded in 1906 in Delhi by Hakeem Hafiz Abdul Majeed, a Unani practitioner. The name Hamdard means "companion in suffering" in Urdu language. After his death, his son, Hakeem Abdul Hameed took over the administration of Hamdard Laboratories at the age of fourteen. Abdul Hameed became known as "Hakeem Sahab" . Hakim Hafiz Abdul Majeed was born in Pelivet of India in 1883, His father Sheikh Rahim Bakhsh. Hakim Hafiz Abdul Majeed learnt the full Holy Quran Sharif by heart. Then he learnt about the origin of Urdu and Persian language. After having the knowledge on language he acquired the highest degree on unani system of medicine.

Because of having the pursuit of knowledge Hakim Hafiz Abdul Majeed could get in touch with Hakim Zamal khan. He had a keen interest on herbs. He was famous in identifying medicinal plants. Having consultation with his wife set up an herbal shop at House Qazi in Delhi in 1906, After few days he started to produce herbal medicine there. In 1920 the small herbs shops turned into a full pledged production house.

Hamdard Foundation was created in 1964 to disburse the profits of the company to promote the interests of the society. All the profits of the company go to the foundation.[1]

Hamdard Laboratories has a twin manufacturing plant in Ghaziabad and one plant in Manesar Haryana. Its product Safi was found to contain harmful levels of heavy metals such as lead, mercury or arsenic.[2][3]

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